Robert L. Kasper, 89, of Perry, Oklahoma, passed from this life Thursday, August 2, 2018. He was born on July 9, 1929 to Fred “Fritz” and Josephine Bittman Kasper in Billings, OK. Bob graduated from Billings High School, Billings, OK in 1947 and earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts from Northern Oklahoma Junior College in Tonkawa, OK in September 1950. He was called to serve in the United States National Guard Company I, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea from October 1951 to April 1952 leading an advanced team to Korea as First Sergeant obtaining an “in-field” promotion to Sergeant First Class and then Master Sergeant. While serving, Bob earned the Army Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal w/1 BZ Camp Star, UN Service Medal and the coveted Combat Infantry Badge. In 1952 he met Colleen Faye Clavin, a licensed beauty operator, and the couple were married January 25, 1953. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1953 and was admitted to the University of Oklahoma Law School where he received a Bachelor of Law in 1957 and remained an avid OU fan the duration of his life. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association March 26, 1957. On March 30, 2017, the Noble County Bar Association hosted a reception to honor Robert L. Kasper for serving 60 years in private practice, as well as 13 years as an attorney for Noble County and 2 years as an assistant District Attorney for Noble County. He gained admittance to all United States District Courts in the State of Oklahoma and the United States Supreme Court. Bob loved his work and serving as President of the Company I Memorial Foundation for almost a decade which was established to provide college scholarships to descendants of Company I family members.
Robert L. served a leadership role in virtually every worthwhile cause in the Perry Community during his career. He spent 45 years as a director for the Exchange Bank and Trust Company and their General Counsel, was active in the Chamber of Commerce, City Government, American Red Cross, Democratic Party Chair, Perry Golf and Country Club and served as Chairman of the Noble County Bar Association several times while advising countless clients in estate/business planning, Oil and Gas, Adoption, abstracting and contracts.
Bob loved fishing with his son-in-law Tim Parker. He also loved going to estate sales and to the casino with his kids. He collected clocks and guns and many items of memorabilia from clients and friends over his almost 61 years of practice. He took his daughter, Kelly, to the farm with him to feed the cattle every evening when she was little. He lived vicariously through the boys wrestling and playing football. Both sons became attorneys and Kris went on to be the head Judge at the Oklahoma Tax Commission. He was a proud father of his three children. He hosted many family gatherings on the 4th of July at his cabin and loved being out there watching the wild life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, and many comrades from the 45th Infantry Division. He is survived by his son, Kurtis and wife Debi; son Kris and wife Sharon; daughter Kelly and husband Tim Parker; grandson Seth Kasper and wife Marissa; granddaughter Maren and husband Jeff Taylor; grandson Zachary Herring and fiancé Meghan Mcdonald; granddaughter Lyndon Parker; grandson Dalton Kasper; granddaughter Ashley Kasper; great-grandson Tanner Taylor; great-grandson Cooper Kasper; great-granddaughter Henley Kasper; great-granddaughter Arlow Marsley; and many other beloved extended family and friends.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3pm to 7pm, with family present from 5pm to 7pm at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry, OK. Services will be Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2pm at the First Baptist Church of Perry with Interment at the Union Cemetery in Billings, OK.
Bless Bob and family. A good man by anyone's standards.
Max EdgarOklahoma City, OK
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was my parents and our lawyer for years. Use to always make me grin when we would go to his office. He would be setting there in a cloud of smoke with his cigar in his mouth. :) Prayers to you and your family.
Alvina (Beier) ShearerPerry, OK
Praying for the family. We remember Bob fondly from many years previous.
Robert E. Leemidwest city, OK
I could always depend on Bob to help me with whatever legal questions or work I needed. He told me just like the commercial on T.V. "I know what to do" and I knew he did! I will miss Bob as my lawyer and good friend.
Mary Jane BranhamPerry, OK
Kelly, so sorry to hear about your dad. I am keeping you in prayer. -Ann
Ann Heppler TruaxSalem, OR
Bless all of you! You are in my Thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time.
Glenda Johnson RogersOklahoma City, OK
Sorry for your loss. Your father was a good friend to me and my husband. We loved his gruff personality, amazing brain, determination and drive!
Kim KornPerry, OK
Buddy and I are so sorry for your loss, we thought the world of Bob and know he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Buddy and Janis GillScottsdale, AZ
Kelly, Kris & Kurt,
I worked for your dad for a little while and he was always so nice. Also will never forget all the time I spent at your home in Jr. High growing up. Cherished memories for sure. My prayers are with you for peace and comfort.
Tami DeVilbiss (Barker)Perry, OK
Robert (Bob) will be greatly missed by all, he was the pulse and law of Northern Oklahoma. Bob's service to the community, people and state exceeded the dreams and goals for most! Bob was a no nonsense man with wit and drive. He loved his family, his Law Practice, his farm, old Army Buddies and his clocks . We talked often of his service to our country in the Army, and he was always poking fun of my Marines. Bob was my lawyer, my friend and often my mentor. In his later years we would meet for breakfast on Sundays and we would talk of family, life and dreams. He was a wonderful man who loved his wife, his children and work. I would like to add that the support of his children and friends during his hospitalization just highlighted how Bob was loved by all. To Bob's family, your loss will be felt by many, and may God Bless and Keep you all! Ron Jolley
Ron JolleyPonca City, OK
A fine man, a great lawyer, and a wonderful example of what it is to be a good citizen.
BOB MILDFELTOklahoma City, OK
My deepest sympathy to the family. Bob was good friends with my dad and I always visiting him when I was in Oklahoma. He was a great attorney , great Soldier, and is always willing to help in any way he could. His family was so important to him and it was always a subject we discussed when we got together. Keep your memories close. I know this Perry icon will never be forgotten.
Mary Lou GrantHenderson, NV
Condolences to the family. His suffering is over. Memories live on. I will be thinking of you and remembering you in prayer.
Lee Ann HabbenArdmore, OK